Must-click link: John Hirschbeck’s Survival Guide

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Today Anthony Castrovince has the story of the many, many trials of umpire John Hirschbeck. It’s a hard read.

Hirschbeck has lost two sons to ALD, a rare genetic disease. One son died at age 7. The other, last year, at age 27, which caused him to miss almost the entire season. Add in two bouts of cancer and leg injuries last year and Hirschbeck has had anything of an easy go of it off the field.

But he is carrying on, because that’s what one does. Carrying on with the support of his family and his faith and his desire to end his umpiring career on the field on his own terms as opposed to off the field due to tragedy.